Bassist Curtis Counce led one of the finer West Coast-based groups of the 1950s, a quintet that was greatly underrated. With trumpeter Jack Sheldon, tenor-saxophonist Harold Land, pianist Carl Perkins and drummer Frank Butler completing the group, this was a band with plenty of solo strength. Their second Contemporary recording features five standards (including "Stranger in Paradise") and two numbers by the leader. This excellent music falls somewhere between hard bop and cool jazz.
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